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Both Eric Weddle and Antwan Barnes looking to play together on the same field this season.
Earlier this week, I wrote a article on the Chargers lack of special teams. I wrote about the only way for the Chargers to fix this problem is to bring in more LB's from free agency that not only can play special teams, but also fit the defensive scheme the Chargers run.
The player the Chargers picked up was former Ravens OLB Antwan Barnes, who was recently released by the Eagles. It is however fitting that Barnes was the very same player that intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers last season when the Ravens came into town to play the Chargers.
Barnes not only upgrades the special teams, but he also adds "major" depth to a already banged up group of OLB's. Barnes is taking over for the roster spot of OLB Shawne Merriman, who was recently put on IR.
Another player added to help the special teams coverage can be found in the Chargers fifth long snapper. That's right. The Chargers' fifth long snapper. You know why he's a big deal? Because he's another coverage guy on the punt coverage team. He may not be a linebacker, but he's built like one as he's 6'2", 250 lbs. and is only 24 years old . The long snapper he's replacing is 6'5", 260 lbs., that's not a bad build, but Ethan Albright is 39 years old and he was proven to be a hindrance in the Chargers punt team coverage.
The Chargers added WR Richard Goodman to not only improve the special teams coverage on the outside, but also add depth to a very fragile WR corp that has hurt players.
Thus far, I believe the special teams coverage will be just fine as it looks to have improved. No other team is better to test the special teams coverage against than the St. Louis Rams this upcoming Sunday in Week 6.